Advice on getting all year colour in the garden

Haskins is enthusing gardeners to plan ahead for their gardens this year. All year interest can be achieved by some simple forward thinking.

Alasdair Urquhart, Haskins very own plant expert, suggests his top five top five plants for that all year wow factor:

  1. Choisya ‘Aztec Gold’
  • Dazzling gold leaves, the ideal evergreen shrub to brighten up any garden.
  • It has a round form, with leaves split into slender, pointed sections. These are deep gold near the tips and a slightly lime-yellow coloured near the base.
  • Clusters of pretty white flowers initially form in spring and early summer followed by another flowering in autumn. The flowers have an almond aroma
  • The shrub likes well drained and fertile soil. For a really bright leaf colour, make sure they get to see the full sun
  1. Hebe Caledonia
  • Haskins supply many hebes but ‘Caledonia,’ is a firm favourite. It has an abundance of violet flowers that appear from spring to autumn.
  • It’s quite compact in nature. Young leaves are a wine red colour that eventually turn dark green.
  • It’s very good for the environment with it being great for attracting UK pollinators.
  • It seems to thrive by the coast and and will do well in any fertile and well drained soil.

  1. Trachelospermum Jasminoides
  • A firm favourite from Haskins. This real sun lover provides flowers for a great deal of the growing season.
  • The white star-shaped flowers of mature plants give off a very sweet scent. The rich bronze leaves give an added autumn bonus
  • A great plant to climb over a trellis to give a screening wall of foliage. Only ivy gives an equivalent screening effect
  • The best results are achieved by growing in a well drained soil. The plant loves full sun but is equally at home in partial shade. Try to protect the plant from cold winds that could cause the plant to dry out too much.
  1. Leucothoe ‘Little Flames’
  • These can give a great impact in planters. The younger leaves seem to dance like small bright orange-red flames over the darker green foliage underneath.
  • The plant is both very attractive and easy to grow. It will tolerate most conditions but does particularly well in a moist soil.
  • It can be grown as a very low hedge. One good advantage for those in the countryside, it’s quite deer resistant

  1. Acer “Sango Kaku”
  • Winner of the RHS Award of ‘Garden Merit.’A great plant for all year interest
  • The year starts with bright coral pink growth leading to deeply lobed yellow-orange leaves in spring. The leaves turn green in summer and then to a subtle yellow in the autumn.
  • Once the foliage display is finished, the bare branches take up the show.
  • After by a cold period, the stems and bark become a wonderful winter centre point when they go a dazzling coral red.
  • For the best show, grow in a moist, well drained soil. It likes in partial shade.
  • Protection from cold winds is required as it can cause leaf scorch.

Alasdair commented: “The key step to achieving a garden that really looks good all year round is to put in a good structure of plants that offer year-round colour and add seasonal flowering plants to provide additional interest. It is possible to achieve a garden that is never completely devoid of colour and looks stylish throughout the year. The full selection of plants we have recommended will be available at Haskins from mid-February.”

Haskins has centres in Ferndown in Dorset, West End in Southampton and Roundstone and Snowhill in West Sussex. For more information visit

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